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News Archive / Tagged: Milky Way

  • NASA goes for the GUSTO to study Milky Way

    Jim SharkeyMarch 27th, 2017

    NASA has selected a new science mission to measure emissions of the cosmic material found between stars, known as the interstellar medium. This data will aid researchers in determining the life cycle of interstellar gas in our galaxy, known as the Milky Way, observing the formation and destruction of star-forming clouds, and understanding the dynamics and gas flow near the center of our galaxy.

  • Caught in the act: NuSTAR shows ‘zombie’ stars may howl as they feed

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 4th, 2015

    NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has been peering deep into the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. In doing so, NuSTAR has spotted an intriguing glow of high-energy X-rays with an unknown origin. One possibility is that the center of the galaxy is inhabited by ‘zombie’ stars and the X-rays are the stellar undead […]

  • E.T. – are you out there?

    SpaceFlight InsiderMarch 23rd, 2014

    You and your wife are on a two-hour trip late at night in separate cars, travelling through dense fog. You need to talk but you can’t see her. She’s out there somewhere. The only mode of communication with her is a CB with a hundred different channels and no idea which one she might be […]

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope brings 360-degree view of galaxy to our fingertips

    Press ReleaseMarch 22nd, 2014

    Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Chandra observes observes runaway pulsar firing an enormous jet

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 22nd, 2014

    NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has recorded images of a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while trailing an enormous and unusual jet of high energy particles. The pulsar’s jet is the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy. A pulsar is a type of neutron star.  The pulsar observed by Chandra is […]

  • NASA’s Swift Catches X-ray Action at Milky Way’s Center

    Press ReleaseJanuary 9th, 2014

    Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

  • AAS Meeting Highlights Several New Hubble Science Findings

    Press ReleaseJanuary 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing a new perspective on the remote universe, including new views of young and distant galaxies bursting with stars. Scientists described the findings Tuesday in a news conference sponsored by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

  • NASA’s Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s Black Hole

    Press ReleaseNovember 23rd, 2013

    Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope.